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Old 07-12-2018   #1
Eagle, Colorado
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Best Otter in Westwater

I was watching youtube videos today - trying to figure out where it all went wrong this last weekend - and saw this otter above Last Chance.

I've seen them above and below the canyon, but never inside. I'm seeing these guys a bunch more the last couple years. Seems like they are making a comeback. Pretty neat!

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Old 07-12-2018   #2
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I've seen them on the Gunnison and Uncompahgre. The last few years there has been a pair raising young ones in a pond below my house near Delta. Yes, great to see them back.
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Old 07-12-2018   #3
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I have seen them in the canyon on 3 of my last westwater trips. We had three of them playing and running around in the early morning across from Bald Eagle camp on our last trip.
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Old 07-12-2018   #4
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Nice catch with the camera. Seen them on the yampa and green as well, they are such cool animals.
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Old 07-14-2018   #5
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I think I've seen a bunch in the last few years. We had one swim right across the put in three years ago, then we saw several on the Uncompahgre and Lake Fork this year.

We saw a bunch playing in the eddies at Black Rock this spring.

Very cool.
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Old 07-15-2018   #6
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CO wildlife likes river users to report their otter sightings.

Colorado Parks & Wildlife -

There's a very inquisitive family of otter on the White River just below the reservoir just upriver of Rangely. I used to float fish the section on my mini cat...never saw another boater on that section and judging by the otters reaction, i doubt they had either. Swimming along side my tubes and popping up between them, looking me right in the eyes. One of my coolest experiences with wild animals.
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Old 07-15-2018   #7
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Back in the 70's while camping at a lake on a backpacking trip in Colorado, with two other friends. We woke up in the morning to spot two otters on the far side of the lake, we have never seen or were really familiar with otters, so we thought they were seals that escaped from a zoo or something and made their way up the stream to the lake. Walking back down the trail we meet two other hikers going up to the lake, so we told them about the seals. They had this look on their face like should we laugh or run like hell from us. Finally they told us, they were otters that we spotted. What a quick education in stupidity.
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Old 07-15-2018   #8
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Saw a seal on the rogue once above foster bar.
Seen lots of otters there as well. Otters don't bark
more snow = more water
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